Welcome, my name is Pierre Riche. Firstly I am unfathomably grateful to the almighty God that has given all things. Without the will of the creator I could not have sculpted anything nor could I have developed any skill to foster any talent I might have been given so all praise to the most high.
I am constantly working to make my sculpture forms more dynamic, evocative, interesting and inspiring. I strive to capture the vitality, movement, energy, essence and spirit of my subject matter in the welded metal sculpture I create. I sculpt human and animal forms using industrial metal parts and shapes collected from salvage scrap-yards, and wherever they can be found. I create sculpture that charge the perception of space by inspiring curiosity and wonder. My work challenges our thinking of value and the disposable nature of things. The material of my art has for the most part been salvaged metals. Salvation is a key concept to think about when viewing these sculptures. I also hope to convey inherent dynamic energy and the satisfaction through seeing unique metal-art sculpture.
Description of my work
The material I sculpt with is recycled metals. Sometimes referred to as up-cycled, re-cycled or re-purposed. Steel, stainless steel, copper, bronze, and aluminum scrap metals are used. I use a cutting torch, metal cutting saws, abrasive grinding wheels, welding torches and welders to cut and join the metals together.
Further forming of the desired sculpture is attained by torch heating, hammering, grinding and polishing. this process is traditionally and historically referred to as direct metal sculpting. When the work is finished it is cleaned and coated for the desired look and protection for indoor or outdoor placement.